Surpassing even the most optimistic predictions and expectations, contemporary Greek cinema has succeeded, in recent years, in carving out its own place on the world map of cinema and still continuing its impressive progress.
Greek auteurs have gone far beyond turning the economic crisis into a timely opportunity for creation and self expression, and are constantly proving that they possess more than enough talent, diligence, innovation, persistence, solidarity, consistency, continuity and – above all – spirit. They set goals and they meet them, they work together and they evolve, they experiment and subvert established forms, they propose, they dare and they win.
This year’s Greek Films 2013 program includes the Greek premieres of film productions that have already enjoyed success at international film festivals abroad, as well as Greek films which, from Thessaloniki, will begin their auspicious journey under the gaze of the Festivals audiences and the world film community.
These are all distinctive films, with riveting story lines, a unique directorial style, characters that fascinate but also shock, interpretations that mesmerize, films that undoubtedly arouse our interest and set the bar very high.
The Thessaloniki International Film Festival sensed very early on this dynamic among Greek filmmakers, the intense fermentation taking place in Greek cinema, and the keen international interest, and has stood behind this effort, unfailingly continuing in its supportive role. By evolving its infrastructure each year, the Festival is able to offer a comprehensive platform for the promotion and showcasing of Greek films both inside and outside Greece, to the public as well as to film professionals.
Through the Agora’s digital film library, the world film network can become acquainted with the greater part of today’s Greek productions, with new co production projects, and with films that are currently in progress and will be completed in the near future. The Agora actions complement the main core of the Festival’s artistic program, with an aim to make Greek film production more outward-looking and to foster a dynamic towards synergies in all stages of the creative process.
The program will be rounded off with the screening of the award-winning films of the Short Film Festival in Drama. These are the very first endeavors of the younger generation of film directors, who affirm our conviction that Greek cinema can only keep climbing higher.
As we begin this year’s journey into the wondrous world of the moving image, our wish is for the obstacles and difficulties faced by Greek productions to be overcome and for creativity to be the first priority for Greek filmmakers.
Greek Program Coordinator